Rabbi Dr. Yosef Burg. His wife was an 8th generation descendant of Shneur Zalman of Liadi.
The JTA reports:
The fingers may be pointing in different directions, but they signal the same thing — a delay in hastening Ethiopian Jewish immigration to Israel.
The Israeli government has yet to meet its goal of doubling the immigration rate this summer of Falash Mura, Ethiopians who have returned to Judaism after their ancestors converted to Christianity.…
[S]ources close to the process say key legislators have stonewalled the relocation effort, failing to complete the inspection of eligible immigrants, make a deal with the Ethiopian government, or draw up a budget.
“The holdup is due to conscious or unconscious inefficiency in the Ministry of Interior,” said Stephen Hoffman, the president of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and a past president of the United Jewish Communities, the umbrella group of the North American Jewish federation system.
“The government has been reluctant to do this altogether, and it’s only because the prime minister is so clear in his belief that it’s the right thing to do that it’s moving forward,” Hoffman said.…
“There is an argument between the government and the Jewish Agency,” said Gilad Heimann, the media adviser to Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz, who heads the interministerial committee on the Falash Mura.…
In any case, Heimann said, the current delay stems from an Ethiopian government request to postpone the plan because of unrest surrounding local elections in May.
“The situation there is unstable, and they asked us to wait. We don’t have any choice but to do what they asked us to do, because without their cooperation we can do nothing,” Heimann said.
Joseph Feit, a past president of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, rejected that rationale.
“If after six months Ethiopia has yet to receive Israel’s written proposal, how can Ethiopia reasonably be blamed?” he said.…
“[M]ost of the ministers in the government are pretty much opposed to this,” [Mike Rosenberg, the Jewish Agency’s director general for immigration and absorption] said, since they suspect there will be no end to the number of Ethiopians who want to move to Israel.
Many ministers also feel that the federation system and the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry have burdened Israel with a tremendous task and aren’t raising enough funds for the effort, he said.
If the action of UJC’s leadership is any indication, Israel might not have to worry.
The UJC chairman, Robert Goldberg of Cleveland, is matching his annual campaign gift of $900,000 with a donation of equal size to the Falash Mura operation, and he is asking others to do so as well.…
The interior minister, Ophir Pines-Paz, is a protegé of Shimon Peres. Peres never favored Ethiopian aliya and in fact played a major role in scuttling Operation Moses in January, 1985. Peres got his 'hechsher' for doing this from Rabbi Dr. Yosef Burg, who used every power he had to oppose Ethiopian aliya.(1) Yosef Burg's wife was Rivka Slonim, a cousin of the Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The Rebbe also opposed Ethiopian aliya. (It's best to read this link backward, starting at the bottom of the linked page.) Dr. Burg studied in the the Berlin Rabbinical Seminary at the time the Rebbe was in Berlin and was listed as a student of the seminary.
(1) Earlier generations of Mizrachi leaders had been supportive of Ethiopian aliya. Dr. Burg was the first prominent Mizrachi leader to work against saving Ethiopian Jews, using his leadership of the National Religious Party to scuttle plans for rescue. Rabbi Burg's protegé, Yehuda Dominitz, was responsible for the first leak of Operation Moses. That leak eventually led to the operation's failure and the death of 4000 Ethiopian Jews.